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Film Review: Shutter Island (2010) (includes spoilers)

  Shutter Island’s premise, at first, seems very similar to the mystery film and novel template. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels, it masquerades as a gritty noir movie. Teddy Daniels visits a hospital for the criminally insane investigating the disappearance of the murderer of his wife. Taking place in 1954, Shutter Island […]
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Book Review: L. A. REQUIEM, by Robert Crais, 1999

WilliamLeeShotwell_ENGLISHX103.9-007_ModuleSeven_BookReview L. A. REQUIEM, Robert Crais, 1999 L. A. REQUIEM by Robert Crais is a murder mystery that is in the genre of the hard boiled detective type. The procedural method, often used by police departments, was employed to solve the murder mystery. Herein, Private Detectives used information gathered by the Robbery Homicide Division and […]
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Secrets, Secrets… A Book Review

A Review of Celeste’s Ng’s Everything I Never Told You – 2014 by Emily Thomson      When I was younger, I kept a terrible secret. No, I didn’t kill anyone, live a double life, or scam a friend into money – I hated milk. Every time I had it, a bellyache would come, and […]
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New Books by MWA Members – January 2018

Good afternoon scholars! I just wanted to pass along the MWA’s list of new books and short stories in case you haven’t yet had a chance to check it out. There are some absolutely riveting new titles here to start the new year! Happy Reading! Excerpt below and full list offered here: https://mysterywriters.org/new-books-by-mwa-members-january-2018/ Books Cathy […]
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The Bleeding Edge of Mystery Fiction

  Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon’s most recent book has been called a work of postmodern detective, cyberpunk and science fiction. If I would add one, I would call it historical fiction, as it centers around the events just prior to 9/11. In the first couple pages, you are introduced to Maxine Tarnow, as she is […]
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Same story, new town: a review of the Director’s Cut of Blade Runner (1992)

Opening statement: Blade Runner is a neo-Noir science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott that uses the concepts of Philip K. Dick’s book as a framework to re-imagine the iconic noir films of the 1940s and ‘50s. Brief Synopsis: Deckard is a world-weary blade runner, a bounty hunter for the incredibly human-like androids called replicants. […]
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Fiction Review: Cornell Woolrich’s The Bride Wore Black

The Bride Wore Black (1940) stands as a landmark achievement in Cornell Woolrich’s writing career. The book launched Woolrich’s most notable decade of work, signaling a significant departure from his earlier novels. Woolrich’s first foray in to hardboiled detective fiction also foreshadowed suspense techniques that modern writers still use. In any type of fiction, the […]
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Post Title: Spoilers! The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Stieg Larsson. Published 2008.     Opening Statement: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson does not lend itself to being pigeonholed into just one genre. To be sure, it’s a murder mystery, and a thirty-six-year-old one at that. In addition, it’s a thriller, […]
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Congratulations Eve Cran!

I am so pleased to announce that one of our own, Eve Cran, has been accepted to the prestigious Online Creative Writing Program at Stanford! Eve was one of our mystery fiction scholars in 2015 and her final project, “The Doors of Perception,” related the fictionalized encounter between  philosopher and psychologist William James and artist […]
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Brick, Directed by Rian Johnson, 2005 [SPOILERS]

When we meet Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), he has lost his ex-girlfriend Emily (Emilie De Ravin) for the second time. As the audience of Brick, we don’t know that yet, but her lifeless body facedown at the mouth of a runoff tunnel is once enough. Crouching feet from her, Brendan doesn’t appear mournful or even surprised […]
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